South Africa And Its Ruling African National Congress Involved In A Big War

The plan to hijack the African National Congress by 2019 seems well advanced.

A massive propaganda campaign created the deception that it is ANC- and country president Jacob Zuma, who are corrupt and in that, allowed the state to be captured.

However, it is not Zuma, who is the actual target of the “counter revolutionaries”, their backers and their corporate mainstream media. There are forces both, on the inside and the outside of the ANC, hell-bent to reduce the movement to a mere second to the Democratic Alliance (DA) and its recently joined Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the forthcoming presidential- and national elections in 2019.

Will current ANC president Jacob Zuma and the ruling party whither the storm? Will the corporate media “stalwarts” in the movement muster a large enough constituency to counter the ANC branches nationally? Who will be the next ANC- and possibly the next country president in 2019?

It is evident that those, who launched the attack on President Zuma and the ANC, have no constituency outside the corporate media cartels, the academic political analysts, and the owners of the economy. This is the reason for them having requested to meet the ANC.

They already met with the ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. He too has no constituency and knows it. But, the “stalwarts”, also known as “counter-revolutionaries”, would not admit to it. They also have realised that “Jacob Zuma’s constituency is too strong to be challenged”.

Senior ANC NEC insiders raised the questions, “Is the ANC SG, Mantashe, not also in the stable of Anglo American Corporation’s Anglo Gold Ashanti? Which hat does he actually wear? Cde. SG Mantashe (as he is also known within the ANC), will not deliver and will be out of the ANC top structure by the end of next year 2017. He is not a serious factor.”

The “counter-revolutionaries” assured their backers and the media that they will organise a strong constituency. But, they fail to explain, how they would build such constituency, despite their access to huge funds.

A senior and highly respected ANC NEC member explained to this writer under the condition of anonymity, “Two of those “stalwarts” are trying to organise constituencies for their group. Both attempt to get particular constituencies together, as they have realised that they would not be able to get to the ANC branches. One is Cde. Siphiwe Nyanda. He tries to mobilise the armed wing of the ANC’s Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) against Cde. President Zuma and the ANC. This will be a serious struggle though. It is not a constituency they will be able to rely on.”

According to the reliably well-informed senior ANC NEC member, “It is not Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who could be the next ANC- and country president. It seems that he was guided not to talk, because it could jeopardise his position. The main candidate for ANC presidency from those “stalwarts”, or “counter revolutionaries”, is the Reverend Frank Chikane. At one stage he was a senior officer in recalled former President and recently installed UNISA Chancellor Thabo Mbeki’s office. But, the poor priest has no constituency at all, despite mobilising the masses against the ANC from the pulpit. Chikane is also part of the “counter revolutionaries’” Rivonia Branch in Johannesburg. If the ANC has not relented by May 2017, Frank Chikane will be out of the movement.”

“The “stalwarts’” third option to build their constituency is to resuscitate the long dead and buried “United Democratic Front” (UDF). Such destructive activities would be futile though. Recalled former President Thabo Mbeki’s men, Sipho Pityana, Sydney Mufamadi and Frank Chikane work closely together.”

“By alerting all ANC branches countrywide strengthened Jacob Zuma. It will be a big fight lasting well into 2017, involving all branches. Corporates too will play a vicious role, as they muscled in since the late 1970s and manipulate from the shadows to assist with hijacking the ruling ANC. But, the ruling party and its branches understand the efforts to destroy it. It is also described as “chequebooks power politics”.”

“Meanwhile, the ANC “renegades”, as the “stalwarts” are also known, would like Zuma to draw his hat and hand over his position and that of the rest of the ANC and government to them”, senior ANC cadres explained.

A seasoned ANC NEC member made his assumed prognosis:

“First, the inevitability is expected that heads will roll before the no-confidence vote in Parliament in February next year in 2017. President Zuma is expected to agree to that move. Those include all cabinet members, who turned against the head-of-state and commander-in-chief.”

“Second, the ANC will honour its decision to hold a policy conference in May 2017 to discuss the organisational issues during the first two days.”

“Third, the ANC will whither the storm against Parliament’s no-confidence motion, pushed for by the DA-EFF.”

“Fourth, it is critical that the ANC will succeed. The chances to come out unscathed are good, as the movement currently builds confidence throughout all branches.”

“Fifth, this time the ANC will have to get strong leadership to dismantle the colonial-apartheid institutes and infrastructure totally. The revered late ANC president Oliver Tambo insisted that the ANC would need “independent popular objectives”. Without those, it would be impossible to even think of economic changes in South Africa.”

“Sixth, it has become more important than ever before that state power and institutions have to be used to dictate terms to corporates. Agriculture and the land issue must be in their doing. Here is a perfect example, of how the EFF has hijacked the ANC’s policy debate.”

Finally, if the above-mentioned prognostic assumptions would come true, the ANC would win all the way; possibly receive over 66% of the national vote by 2019.

But, where would the ANC find those leaders to do just that?

“The neighbouring Southern African Development Community (SADC) would not be able to do anything, neither the rest of Africa and nor its African Union, unless the citadel of the “counter revolutionary forces” has been totally destroyed. So far, South Africa has let this region down. It is fact, if the ANC and South Africa are destroyed, particularly Britain and Germany would face serious economic trouble”, a senior ANC NEC member pointed out.

He added, “If South Africa and the ANC are strong, Africa’s and the world economies would be strengthened.”

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South Africa’s Current Situation Is A Power Game

South Africa’s current situation in 2016 had been planned some fifty-two years ago by a think-tank, the “Bogenhagen Report” of 1964. The Bantustans/Homelands would become provinces in a country, governed by the African majority through a rural political party in the form of the African National Congress (ANC).

An urban political party by design could govern South Africa as from 2019. This too is reflected in that “Bogenhagen Report”.

Today in 2016 it seems that the struggle inside the ANC is among those, who want the old status quo of grand apartheid’s “National Party” back and those, who capitulate into a rural political party.

Considering the outcome of the last Local Government elections, the above-mentioned strategies could make sense. In other words, the Democratic Alliance (DA)-Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would govern the Western Cape Province; Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province; Bloemfontein in the Free State Province; the capital Pretoria and the economic and financial hub, Johannesburg both, in the Gauteng Province.

Would the new urban political party be the DA-EFF and the rural political party the ANC?

In this process, the owners of the economy, also known as captains-of-industry and architects-of-apartheid with their hitmen and chequebooks in the shadows, seem to test the waters on how to overthrow the president. Foreign interests, who reduced the Ukraine to civil war and regime change, would not work in BRICS member, South Africa. This country has an elected head-of-state and commander-in-chief.

Brazil, also a BRICS member, had to deal with its coup d’état. Ousted president Dilma Rousseff faced a legally acceptable coup plot. The highly unpopular vice president, Michel Temer, replaced her. Temer has hardly any following and is viewed as corrupt.

Meanwhile, the same power mongers and their minions in their think tanks hawkishly observe the situation in South Africa developing. It would certainly not work to impeach president Jacob Zuma, as he and his ruling party, the ANC, retain the backing of the country’s majority. But, a collusion of many forces seems to work, similar to that used to topple president Dilma Rousseff and reduce the Ukraine to outright “civil war”. The forces seem to be the same.

The DA’s take-over of the Western Cape should be thoroughly studied. The former apartheid National Party, merely wearing a different coat this time around, consolidated the Western Cape, having done an analysis of the vulnerabilities of that province and then focused on them. The DA was indeed successful.

Not putting up an efficient and effective intelligence, the ANC has contributed to its major losses of Port Elizabeth, Pretoria (Tshwane) and Johannesburg in the last Local Government’s elections.

South Africa’s corporate mainstream media cartels bombard public opinion daily with Afropessimistic, anti-ANC horror stories. It is latently racist. In fact, their efforts could be described as “brainwashing of public opinion”. The old apartheid Strategic Communications (StratCom) media reports to deceive public opinion, seems alive and at work. The strategy of 70% fact and 30% fiction blended and emotively presented makes for effective media-propaganda. Eventually, the victims of the lie become its biggest protector.

In the up-coming preparations for the next party- and country president, the corporates and multi-nationals, their hitmen and their chequebooks collude to break the ANC up into polarized and tribal camps. They are working hard at securing their dispensation. Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is their man. Much money is thrown at their power-game. That could be the reason for Ramaphosa defending Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Certain senior and experienced members of the ANC and its National Executive Committee (NEC) spoke to this writer under the condition of anonymity, expressed their concern and frustration, when they explained, “The ANC has bought into this new strategy. It’s not the movement we know anymore.”

The above-mentioned also pointed out, “In this power game senior members of the ruling party quietly worked with the opposition. They are all well known to the ANC. Their day will come when they’ll be named and shamed. They cannot be part of the ANC’s history.”

Daily media reports reflect countrywide student revolts and previously, also service delivery protests. President Jacob Zuma declared those unrests as democratic, as long as they are registered, legal and do not do damage to any property and, or persons. If however, property and, or persons are attacked and arson is committed, the culprits would be arrested.

If South Africa’s Police Services (SAPS) would allow student revolts and service delivery rebellions to get out of hand, the police would be viewed as staging a putsch against the state. If police services would be allowed to oversee revolts and rebellions, for that matter any form of anarchy, it would be self-destructive.

For the ANC to consolidate and protect itself against its enemies and to move forward, the movement would benefit from the following strategies.

  • The ANC needs to roll out a massive national debate to address all problems and obstacles. Branches, gatherings, meetings, conferences, newly re-established street committees, Afro-friendly media and other such platforms could be made available to address shortcomings and weaknesses.
  • A think tank could be established to work along the lines of a research institute or, a foundation. It would be tasked to do all research, work in a focused way with the movement throughout the country. That way, history could be put into perspective.
  • The ANC could further bring its newspapers such as SECHABA back to the national market, linking it to above network, progressive institutes, the BRICS structures, if and where possible.

In addition to above, it is important that the “blind trusts”, that are held by judges and politicians, will be outlawed and abolished as soon as possible. The electorate needs to know those “blind trusts”, as they seem a cesspool of corruption and power mongering through corporate influence. It is the cancer that could destroy the ANC. Parliament needs to pass laws to protect against such invasions; otherwise the chequebooks rule and the voters have no say. That is unfair and unsettling.

The rightwing, or neo-con economic strategies, such as the arms deal, the “Reconstruction and Development Programme”, also known as RDP under the late former president Nelson Mandela. The “Growth, Employment and Redistribution” (GEAR) programme followed. It was a macro-economic strategy under recalled, former president Thabo Mbeki.

None of them worked, least of all in favour for South Africans. Finally, they were done away with. The current programme, “National Development Plan” (NDP 2030) under the incumbent, Jacob Zuma, replaced the previous attempts. Will it work, given the history of the previous programmes? It does not seem like it. There are too many corporate interests with hidden agendas at play to control the ANC and its government.

South Africa’s flawed judiciary needs serious attention too. The biggest evil that grew from the CODESA negotiations in 1994 was the secret “Sunset Clauses”, protecting covert local and foreign structures. Those have greatly influenced the judiciary through a host of corporate cabalists, their lobbies, think tanks and societies and their joint secret trusts. If no changes will be undertaken, the unelected judiciary will keep pushing to take over power from government. It would be anti-democratic, undermining the nation.

Finally, the progressive forces need take charge for all to see and follow. How to take charge needs to be debated nationally as soon as possible. The ANC leadership needs to take the nation along, constantly informing and preparing it for any further efforts of destabilisation and sabotage.

Two South Africas and the Media – A Recipe for Reconciliation, or Disaster?

Firstly, two people live in one country:- one is the black African South African, including a diverse people from the AmaZulu, to AmaPondo, AmaXhosa, BaPedi, North-Sotho, South- Sotho, BaTswana, Xoi-San and many newcomers from the African continent are at their original home in South Africa.

Secondly and on the other hand, the “former” colonial settler-Caucasians consisting of a mix of Europeans, including the Boers, or Afrikaaners, live in the same land.

Thirdly, in addition to the above, there are Indians and the people of mixed races, the Coloureds. Both (minority) groups remain to act as a buffer between the aforementioned two peoples, living in the south of the African continent.

South Africa has not defined the ‘national interest’. Its alien economic structures reflect just that.

To date, particularly under the centralization of the economies under the umbrella of ‘globalisation’, South Africa’s economy is hostile, exclusively oligopolistic (the historical neo-colonial deadly mix of oligopoly and monopoly), cartelized (to protect the oligopoly and everything outside these structures against possible newcomers) and warehoused (minerals and gem stones mined in Africa, including South Africa, to be manufactured by the G-8 manufacturing industries only and then bought back at huge cost through the said cartels).

The term “free market economy” is misleading and thus bears false witness. In fact, the ‘Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)’ would reflect a more realistic picture of South Africa’s economy. About forty three million Black African South Africans out of a total population of up to 53 million hardly own one percent of the listed shares.

The economically empowered former colonial-apartheid Caucasian side of South Africa feels secure by aligning itself with its original home, the international West. In fact, this group sees itself first and foremost as an ally, as a part of the international West.

Meanwhile, the Caucasian Boers, or Afrikaaners, failed to transform themselves. At the same time, there is no actual link between them and other “global homes”. Some NGO/movement with the name of ‘Afriforum’ now tries to create such a home together with its agricultural partner, ‘AgriForum’, their trade union called “Solidariteit” (Solidarity), its political home, the ‘Freedom Front Plus (FF+)’ and possibly their own secret society, the ‘Afrikaaner Bond’ (AB), formerly known as the ‘Afrikaaner Broederbond’, (‘Boer Brotherhood’).

This secret organisation seems to be an arm of sorts of the ‘Free Masonry’. In addition, the Caucasian Boer has his own church, the ‘Dutch Reformed Church (NGK)’, during colonial-apartheid rule it was internationally described as the ‘Boer Apartheid Church’, or the then ruling “colonial-apartheid Nationalist Party at prayer”.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the aforementioned group has approached the Dutch government to be allowed to receive Dutch passports in order to possibly return to the Netherlands.

It is also observed that the representatives of the white owned economy seem to have no qualms and no scruples to mess up new investments and economic development in other African countries.

This is strange indeed, as the Caucasian economy based in South Africa with its larger investments being in London, would like to be viewed as driving foreign investment particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Such attitude is also out of tune with its own government in Pretoria.

It however seems, the international West has not much in common with its kith-and-kin in southern Africa.  It would rather seem that the former colonial-apartheid Caucasian ownership of the economic, religious and judicial status quo is viewed as being in competition with the international Western interests in this region. Canada; the US/UK/EU; Israel; Australia and New Zealand (international West) would like their economic and industrial interests strengthened.

The biggest challenge for all South Africans since 1994 – from government, to business and labour – is the dismal failure to work out common national interests and develop them.

The alien Caucasian economic owners’ attitude is, “Talk to me. I have the capital.” In other words, capital is the ultimate to an extent that the ‘new investors’ from South Africa go as far as badmouthing their own country to achieve great admiration in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.

In fact, the Caucasian owned cartel-cluster of economy, banks and industry and its media do not align themselves with the national South African interest. Hence, it suits the “captains and owners of industry” to further the continuous exclusive interests of “their” economy.

In addition, the foreign owned and controlled media retains its narrow, conformist neo-liberalist petty cash mentality, based on a negative mindset.

In fact, South Africa’s business environment is suffocating, with no space for new and fresh news, analysis and interpretation. For example, whether one picks up the ‘Cape Times’ and/or the ‘Cape Argus’ in Cape Town; the national ‘Sunday Times’ and the other Sunday paper, ‘City Press’; the ‘Star’ and/or the ‘Business Day’ in Johannesburg; or listens to the electronic media of PrimeMedia, or the public-statal broadcaster, SABC – comment and reportage are almost identical.

There is simply no pluralism. A large number of new and fresh ideas, news and views are just shut out of the local public eye. Those, who try to bring new and fresh ideas to the media market, seem to be blacklisted.

Media moguls and captains of industry serve on the various media and editorial boards, as well as on the advertising industry’s boards.

This actually means, democratic South Africa has no space for any form of media freedom, nor freedom of expression. Media and economic ownership are one and the same and could therefore be accused of being an undemocratic syndicate, something the local members of this industry and their network of NGOs and media monitoring structures would not like to hear at all.

Black-African South African leadership on the other hand, promotes the Caucasian owned capital and economy in Africa as South African and as “new investors”. In addition, the new leadership demonstrates its goodwill, hoping to stimulate foreign investment to the benefit of local growth too. An attitude often found is, “Let’s show the international West, we can govern professionally.”

The above development has actually established an unacceptable face of South Africa in the rest of Africa – an ugly face of international Western exploitative capitalism. The country finds itself therefore in a credibility crisis and out of sync with itself.

It is small wonder that dark Third Force elements; xenophobia; taxi strives; organised crime syndicates and their evil acts; violent national “service non-delivery” protests; the unionization of the national security cluster, as well as a host of social wrongs always found in poverty-stricken societies, find a fertile ground in this country, at the same time holding the ANC led government hostage in their own land.

In the meantime, the greater majority of local youth is educated into unemployment. If not urgently addressed, it will become a powderkeg and have a serious influence on South Africa’s future economic and political stablity.

But, an exclusive, oligopolistic, cartelized, warehouse economy and its leaders have an established, historically characteristic of being masters in the game of dangerous sleaze – exclusive boardroom deals, researching and lobbying in order to corrupt and entrap leading politicians. This makes it almost impossible to address aforementioned mass-unemployment.

Their structured poverty for the majority of the people, by keeping them out of the ‘mainstream economy’, is the worst form of human rights abuse in the history of man.

Would it not be fair to ask now, where are all those churches, their religions, the law, the judiciary and the International Crime Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, Europe, in times of these man-inflicted trials and tribulations for the majority of the population of the SADC region? Would it therefore not be fair to observe that the aforementioned structures operate in a value vacuum?

It certainly also affects the Southern African Development Community (SADC) members and beyond.

In the above context one could rightfully ask, is there actually room to live in such an environment and, who is really benefiting?

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